London

A nip into town for the Gentleman’s Grooming Show and some photography turned out to be a massive nostalgia hit and turned into a day lamenting the past and filling with regret.

My plan was to get out of London 5 years ago. I stuck about for a variety of crap reasons. All my friends moved on and out of London, so did the family. I stopped going out with mates, partly because I had few left, largely because of work. I have not been into the centre of town for years.

When I headed down into the West End I was overwhelmed with the feeling that most of my old haunts had gone. Redeveloped into the latest glass buildings. I would love to explore the new places, but I have nobody to explore them with.

If thats the case, why am I still paying into the mortgage for a piddly little 1 bed house, when I could sell it and mortgage free with a 3 bedroom house anywhere else in the UK? That’s a feeling that has been getting progressively bitter within me for years, but now I have time to stop and think on it. Now I have time to regret the life I am wasting. Now it has really hit me.

Ouch.

I love London. But good grief I need to be out of London next year. Before the regret becomes life consuming.

26 thoughts on “London

  1. heathersunflower

    Go for it, take the leap. We took the decision to move from house to boat in the UK. Then boat to house in Spain. No more huge “life leaps” necessary, we’re here to stay. Time, research and planning are the keys to opening, and stepping through a new door in life that leads to happiness.

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    1. sable Post author

      h man did we dream of tying a boat… Ran out of life time on that, the house will come first. Congratulations on a successful life move your self! 🙂

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      1. heathersunflower

        Thanks Sable, after what we went through with our ex boat, it’s best to stick with bricks and mortar. Excuse extremely puny pun, I seem to attract them for some strange reason.

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    1. sable Post author

      ust gotta go for it some days aye? I hope you get your chance if you need it and want it.

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  2. anne leueen

    Best to leave before nostalgia or regret becomes resentment. I loved living in London but a life choice moved me back to Canada. It’s worked out OK and London is a great place to visit.

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  3. Bibishan

    Seems like we are in similar situation, not exactly the same but similar. Few things I have learned from my experience, be brave in your decision, don’t be shy to grab opportunities and lastly, open mindedness. The good thing about your situation (at least as I understand it) is that you know where you want to be or where you want to go. And that is a very good start. For me I am still struggling with “if not here then where?”.

    Anyways good luck with your adventure and keep us posted on what happens.

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    1. sable Post author

      To be honest, the ‘where’ has been decided by the missus families age and location. I have no interest in living anywhere in the UK except London. Odd huh?

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  4. ravenhawks magazine

    I know it is difficult to let go of where you are but perhaps if you do a pro and con list for your self it will make the need to move more than something that is playing in your head. Moving for me was not difficult [army brat and military wife] But finding where I wanted to stay that took some doing.

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    1. sable Post author

      The decision to move has been made, it’s everything else we have to figure out. 🙂

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  5. Kris

    I moved away from London two years ago. I know it was the right decision, but I still miss it terribly. I am in the opposite position as you and a lot of my friends still live on the outskirts of the City, so I tend to go back a couple of times a year to get a much needed whiff of the Big Smoke.

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    1. sable Post author

      I will have to revisit London for the rest of my life, I do not think I could live to the end of days without returning. But man I need to see the rest of the world heh.

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  6. Catloverr

    That’s how I felt back when I was in New Jersey and the feeling wouldn’t leave me alone. Moving into a new state away from the bitter, cold and negativity was the best choice 😀

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    1. sable Post author

      At my feet, it’s light enough to move though so I reckon give it 3-6 months and we shall be away!

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